Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon Review (2015)

Garrison Brothers 2nd Cowboy Bourbon

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- The Hye, Texas-based Garrison Brothers Distillery has certainly earned its place at the forefront of the American craft whiskey movement. Part of that stature is its status as one of the oldest small whiskey distilleries in America and the oldest in the Lone Star State, predating even the more ballyhooed Balcones. The other part is ...

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Touring Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey stillhouse

By Richard Thomas Wherever they happen to be found around the world, distilleries come in two broad categories: the pretty ones and the factories. Not everything fits tidily into those two baskets; Buffalo Trace is certainly a factory, but it’s antique character and location on the Kentucky riverfront make it an attractive factory indeed. Lawrenceburg, Kentucky’s Austin Nichols Distiller, aka ...

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The Balvenie Commission Highlights Craftsmanship

Balvenie malt turning

The Balvenie is no stranger to craftsmanship and artisan practices, as the only working distillery today that grows its own barley, processes it using old fashioned floor maltings, and keeps its own coppersmiths and coopers on site to tend to the stills and casks. Master Blender David Stewart, a five decade industry veteran, pioneered the barrel finish in the 1980s, ...

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Barrell Bourbon Batch 005 Bourbon Review

Barrell Bourbon Batch 005

By Richard Thomas Rating: B+ Joe Beatrice’s Barrell Bourbon are fast building a reputation as the bottlers you go to if you want to find something strong and a little offbeat from the stocks of the Kentucky and Tennessee “Majors” (i.e. big distilleries). The new Batch 005 is a case in point. Thus far, most of Barrell Bourbon’s batches were ...

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Glenfiddich vs. Glenlivet

By Richard Thomas As world whiskey renaissance continues to sweep forward, it has taken down certain fixtures of conventional wisdom with it, especially for the heretofore dominant category of Scotch whisky. From a global perspective, Japanese whisky and American bourbon have risen to challenge Scotch as the world leader in terms of quality, but Scotch has seen some shake-ups on ...

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